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Case Name Reed v. City of Ferguson CJ-MO-0014
Docket / Court 14SL-CC04195 ( State Court )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Special Collection Fines/Fees/Bail Reform (Criminalization of poverty)
Attorney Organization ArchCity Defenders
Case Summary
On December 8, 2014 a class of citizens of Missouri who had been assessed warrant fees by the City of Ferguson filed this lawsuit in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County in the State of Missouri. The plaintiffs are suing the Defendant, the City of Ferguson, under state law. The plaintiffs, ... read more >
On December 8, 2014 a class of citizens of Missouri who had been assessed warrant fees by the City of Ferguson filed this lawsuit in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County in the State of Missouri. The plaintiffs are suing the Defendant, the City of Ferguson, under state law. The plaintiffs, represented by ArchCity Defenders, sought declaratory relief, injunctive relief, compensatory damages, punitive damages, disgorgement, and attorneys' fees. The plaintiffs alleged that the City of Ferguson is violating state law by assessing fees to recall warrants, and that the fees are implemented deceptively and recklessly, with the sole intention of generating profit.

The plaintiffs sought to certify a class composed of citizens who have paid warrant fees to the City, as well as citizens who currently have pending fees with the City. The complaint alleged that the City's actions broke state law. The plaintiffs furthermore contended that the City has unjustly enriched itself by profiting from the illegal fees. The plaintiffs argued that the City knew or had reason to know the fees were illegal. Thus, the fees were assessed recklessly and negligently on the citizenry. The complaint noted that the fees created financial and personal consternation for the plaintiffs. The fees, the plaintiffs argued, created distrust in the community by leading to increased financial stress and incarceration for its members.

The complaint was amended on March 23, 2015. A motion to dismiss, filed on April 22, 2015, was overcome by the plaintiffs. The case was reassigned to Judge Joseph S. Dueker on June 15, 2016.

This case is ongoing.

Salvatore Mancina - 02/05/2017


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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Poverty/homelessness
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) City of Ferguson, Missouri
Plaintiff Description Persons who were assessed warrant recall fees, or currently have pending warrant recall fees, by the city of Ferguson, Missouri.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ArchCity Defenders
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2014
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Complaint
CJ-MO-0014-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/08/2014
First Amended Class Action Petition
CJ-MO-0014-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/23/2015
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ammann, John J. (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0014-0001 | CJ-MO-0014-0002
Campbell, John E. (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0014-0001 | CJ-MO-0014-0002
Campbell, Alicia (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0014-0001 | CJ-MO-0014-0002
Hanlon, Stephen F (District of Columbia)
CJ-MO-0014-0001 | CJ-MO-0014-0002
Harvey, Thomas B. (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0014-0001 | CJ-MO-0014-0002
McAnnar, John D. (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0014-0001 | CJ-MO-0014-0002
Roediger, Brendan D. (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0014-0001 | CJ-MO-0014-0002
Vieth, Erich (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0014-0001 | CJ-MO-0014-0002
Voss, Michael-John (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0014-0001 | CJ-MO-0014-0002

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